Goodison wants sailing gold for parents

30 July 2012 / 08:14

Olympic sailing gold medallist Paul Goodison is expecting a tough fight to keep his crown but hopes to produce another winning performance for his parents.

The 34-year-old begins racing on Monday as reigning Laser champion, having romped to victory in China four years ago. Goodison is expected to face fierce competition from Australia's Tom Slingsby, but hopes to repeat his heroics from Qingdao in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour for parents Cynthia and Roy.

"This campaign really is all about winning in home waters," the Yorkshireman said. "Mum and dad came to Athens. Only my mum made it out to Beijing but they are all going to be in Weymouth shouting for me and I want to do it for them."

He added: "During the medal ceremony [in Beijing] I was looking into the crowd and I couldn't see anything apart from mum, who was there crying her eyes out, which wasn't helping me at all as I was stood on the podium trying to compose myself.

"I could just think of my dad being at home and just wished that he could have been there to share the experience with us all. I need to win a gold medal [to be satisfied]. Once you've achieved those heights nothing else is satisfactory.

"It's going to be a really tough job, there's going to be a lot of competition but I really feel that I can do it".

Monday also marks the start of Olympic debutant Ali Young's campaign in the Laser Radial class.

The 25-year-old faced a tough battle for selection but proved her worth by winning the recent Sail for Gold regatta at the Games venue.

"This year I've come fourth at the Worlds and won Sail for Gold but I'm still moving forward, still progressing and becoming more of an all-rounder and Weymouth is an all-round venue," she said.

"I've got as good a chance as anybody. Somebody's got to win and I don't see any reason why it couldn't be me."